Anthony Charles Lynton Blair Quotes

To state a timetable now would simply paralyze the proper working of government, put at risk the changes we are making for Britain and damage the country.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

There were people who got me very involved in politics. But then there was also a book. It was a trilogy, a biography of Trotsky by Isaac Deutscher, which made a very deep impression on me and gave me a love of political biography for the rest of my life.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

The spirit of our age is one in which the prejudices of the past are put behind us, where our diversity is our strength. It is this which is under attack. Moderates are not moderate through weakness but through strength. Now is the time to show it in defence of our common values.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

I understand there is a need for a stable and orderly transition to that leadership, but that people should give me the space to ensure that happens and that this debate is not best conducted in the pages of the Mail on Sunday.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

Yes, I did have to struggle very hard to get this [the vote on the Iraq war] through, but the reason I did it was because I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn't take this on myself... just because I thought, 'Let's give myself a really hard time for a couple of years!'

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

It is not a sensible or intelligent response for us in Europe to ridicule American argument or parody their political leadership.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

Do I know I'm right? Judgements aren't the same as facts. Instinct is not science. I'm like any other human being, as fallible and as capable of being wrong. I only know what I believe.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

What you can't do is have a situation where you get a rejection of the treaty and then you just bring it back with a few amendments and say we will have another go. You can't do that and I am not going to get drawn into speculating the way forward because I don't intend to lose the referendum.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

I thought that it was the most predictable speech that we could have heard from the right hon. and learned Gentleman. He may want to pose as the nice Dr. Jekyll, but we know that, deep down, he is still the same old Mr. Howard.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

What amazes me is how many people are happy for Saddam to stay. They ask why we don't get rid of Mugabe, why not the Burmese lot. Yes, let's get rid of them all. I don't because I can't, but when you can you should.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

As I have said throughout, I have no doubt that they will find the clearest possible evidence of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

Before people crow about the absence of Weapons of Mass Destruction, I suggest they wait a bit.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

We are asked now seriously to accept that in the last few yearscontrary to all history, contrary to all intelligenceSaddam decided unilaterally to destroy those weapons. I say that such a claim is palpably absurd.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

If we don't act now, we can't keep those people down there forever. We can't wait forever. If we don't act now, then we will go back to what has happened before and then of course the whole thing begins again and he carries on developing these weapons and these are dangerous weapons, particularly if they fall into the hands of terrorists who we know want to use these weapons if they can get them.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

Sometimes, and in particular dealing with a dictator, the only chance of peace is a readiness for war.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
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